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FROM THE PAIN COME THE DREAM: Recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award
Essays by Paul Fireman, Samuel Kofi Woods, and Angel Martinez
Contributions and editing by Deb Bergeron and Paula Brewer Byron


"We can’t promise those suffering from injustice that we can always win the battle, but we can promise them that they won’t be fighting alone." says one of the human right defenders, illustrating the spirit of compassion that characterizes all those profiled in these pages.

A slave escapes her owner, then successfully campaigns for slavery to be outlawed in her country. A cub reporter risks her life to expose centuries of socially sanctioned murder of women. A teenager manages, despite detainments and even torture, to bring the human rights abuses of a brutal regime to the attention of the international community.

Here are the inspirational stories of seventy-two recipients, all under thirty years of age, of the Reebok Human Rights Award. These young men and women were poets, bakers, doctors, veterinary students, lawyers, monks—even children—when they became inspired to take risks to protect their fellow human beings. Their stories kindle hope, courage, and determination in our collective battle against acts of inhumanity.

“We can’t promise those suffering from injustice that we can always win the battle, but we can promise them that they won’t be fighting alone,” says one of these human rights defenders, illustrating the spirit of compassion that characterizes all those profiled in this book.

This unique compilation of personal stories offers much-needed attention to their work on the frontlines of human rights and to the very real continuing problems they and their countries face.

BIOGRAPHIES

PAUL FIREMAN is the Chairman and CEO of Reebok International, Ltd.

SAMUEL KOFI WOODS is the Founding Director of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Liberia.

ANGEL MARTINEZ is the Chief Marketing Officer of Reebok International, Ltd.


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